Thursday, 2 June 2011

A Trivial Pursuit - some reviews..........

I will be reviewing the album in the next few days, have had it a few weeks now and 'lived with it', even took it on holiday with me to Dorset. This is the sound of summer 2011, it's the soundtrack to driving to the beach! the soundtrack for your bank holiday bar-b-q, to sitting in the garden on a warm summer night, enjoy!

Here come The Brights with their debut album, A Trivial Pursuit and by all means, they live up to their name with what must be the most cheerful album I’ve heard this year. It’s difficult not to want to like this record, which proudly pays homage to, in particular, Orange Juice, a band close to many an indie-pop fan’s heart.
‘A Cameo can’t last forever’ is easily one of the best tracks on this record and unsurprisingly is their first single, already released and available to download from the band’s website. Careful though, it’s one of those nightmare sites which greets you with loud music from the minute it loads, thus not suitable for cheeky web browsing at work. 
There is something decidedly eighties about this band, in the best possible way, at several moments I was reminded of some old favourites, ‘False Alarms’ rings bells of Aztec Camera, and the riffs on ‘Hands Across The Ocean’ are all a bit reminiscent of the magnificent ‘Barbarism Begins at Home’ by the Smiths.
The band’s sound remains strong throughout and there’s no denying these guys have energy and enigma, even on slower numbers such as the emotional ‘Barricade of love’, and ‘Memories of you’ they maintain their jaunty persona.
Definitely a band to keep track of, you could argue the Essex quartet’s debut is a bit too unfalteringly cheerful for its own good but it has proven itself to be a real grower in my case. The lead singer’s voice is at times a bit on the nasally side for my personal tastes but don’t let that prevent you from checking them out. It’ll be interesting to see where they take us, they seem like a talented bunch so it’ll be good to hear some range on future records and hopefully a little less déjà vu, as is often the case in the indie music world.

Five minutes after slamming the door after another bloody day at work The Brights had me bouncing around the room like a mad thing on happy tabs.

They are simply gorgeous to listen to and their jangly and upbeat bonhomie is guaranteed to drag you up out of the worst of moods (I think unhappiness is a four letter word in Brights world).

They have touches of so many of those eighties pop bands – echoes of The Housemartins, Style Council and Haircut 100 not to mention Squeeze but those bands were making music at a time when people thought powder blue had depth, Princess Di was the epitome of cool and a beret was a rakish accessory – and everyone was doing it.
The Brights are playing their brand of feel good pop in a world where the world currencies are collapsed , where the government is ripping huge swathes of money out of the state and where the world is in imminent danger of a natural catastrophe not to mention war and famine – in fact in a world that desperately needs bright and breezy and maybe the Brights can turn the world back to the light and away from the darkness – all I know is that they bring a huge smile to my face and lift in my heart and that can’t be any bad thing.

Standouts on the album are probably ‘A Cameo Can’t Last Forever’ with a rhythm like the Style Council and a superb bassline courtesy of Mark Newton, the achingly lovely ‘Barricade Of Love’ – slow and bittersweet, really showing off David Burgess’ vocal skills – and ‘Pride Step Aside’, a superb broken love affair gem.

They aren’t just about jangly bounce and poppy lightness, they actually have written a number of excellent three minute pop songs and if it wasn’t for the preponderance of so-called ‘R&B’ they would be a massive draw for Radio 1 as well as 6. 
Make sure you get a listen – they should be THE band of the summer.

Every now and then a band comes along whose name describes their sound and with THE BRIGHTS that is exactly what you get.
After their debut single Footsteps last year caught the attention of XFM's John Kennedy, BBC Radio 2's Janice Long and BBC London's Gary Crowley, Essex Indie/Pop foursome THE BRIGHTS are back with their second single A Cameo Can't Last Forever released on April 18th 2011. Replete with jangly guitars and an instantly memorable harmony this single is the slickest slice of Indie Pop to grace your stereos this spring. Original, up-tempo and with eighties influences ranging from Orange Juice and The Style Council to The Pale Fountains, THE BRIGHTS have been hailed for not sounding like every other indie band out there.
After honing their craft through countless gigs and numerous festival appearances, THE BRIGHTS' line-up, featuring David Burgess (Vocals), James Prudence (Guitar), Mark Newton (Bass) and Matt Humphries (Drums), has seen them share the bill with acts such as The Rifles, Noah And The Whale, Finlay Quaye and These New Puritans to name a few.
2010 has seen the band hard at work writing and recording songs for their debut album A Trivial Pursuit due for release late spring in London's 360 Studios with top producer Fraser Smith (Shed 7, Ian Brown).
The new album "A Trivial Pursuit" will be out june, 13th.

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